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.m., -- 8:00 p.m. with -- on c-span. >> as president obama begins his second term in office, what is the most important issue he should consider? >> if you are in grades 6 through 12, made a short video. >> it is your chance to win a grand prize of $5,000. $50,000 in total prize is. for more information, go to student cam.corg -- .prg. first lady michelle obama and chefs how the demonstration at the white house dining room. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> are you excited? very nice. you are welcome. there you go. >> excellent. what would you like? green? there you go. you are doing a good job. >> wow. that is cute. >> what do you think? >> yeah, and you can put these on your tree, right? what do you think? you take a string and you thread it thru. have you threaded a needle before? then you tie it, and you may not at the end -- make a knot at the end. tied it like you are typing a share. -- tie it like you are tieing a shoe. there you go. tie it tight. that is cool. i like the way you combined the
authority to do that, and to president obama has not argued that he has inherent authority to do that. some others have argued that. some others have argued president that the authority to raise the debt ceiling. president obama has not asked for that and ask for congress to provide him a short-term legal authority to raise the debt ceiling. there may be some confusion exactly on what the president had asked for. but he has asked for the legal authority to raise the debt ceiling for a short term, i guess two-year. with regards to paying for things, you know, i'd threat -- can't agree with all of your points but i agree with your basic will go because there is always a disconnect between what is provided to folks, whether it is the gas tax that goes to building roads and highways that people use every day but not realizing that they are paying for that. a variety of other things that people use that the tax system paid for but not realizing that connection. so the whole idea you bring up, stephen, that you believe that -- to connect the taxes they are paying with what they are getting in som
suffered. she is joined bay former obama administration at visor on iran who discusses iran's program. the foundation for the defense of democracies held this event. >> good morning. it's a very interesting panel so i want to get quickly into questions. very quickly set the stage. i don't need to tell anyone who is in this room about the depth of the problem of human rights abuses in iran. i would just read very briefly from the report that the u.p. report filed for the u.n.gen assembly when it was highlight, quote, pattern of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations for several years, and the ug general assembly submitted a report in which he said he was, quote, deeply troubled by increased numbers of executions. a pew addition, arbitrary arrests and detention, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment, and crackdown on human rights activityist, lawyers, journalist, and opposition activists, and to draw an example from the week's news theres actually what i gas what qualifies in iran for a slight bit of goodness. a well-known human rights law
. >> a lot of history. thank you. i enjoyed it. >> thank you. >> today and c-span, obama campaign strategist david axelrod talks about his career in politics. then kent conrad on the so- called fiscal cliff. the house and senate will return tomorrow. the senate is in at 10:00 a.m. eastern for work on two bills. one is a relief package for areas affected by hurricane sandy. a vote is plan for 5:30 eastern on at least one of those measures. the agenda depends on the status of the fiscal cliff talks. live coverage of the house here on c-span and the senate on c- span2. >> if we turn away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces which are bringing about this suffering. >> the white house is a bully pulpit and you ought to take advantage of it. >> obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> i think i've just had little antennas that point up and told me when somebody had their own agenda. >> so much influence in that office. it would be just a shame to waste it. >> i think they serve as a window on the past to what was going on with american women.
plan is closer to simpson-bowles and why. host: here is "the hill" newspaper. obama-friendly business group given greater access to the white house. guest: well, first of all we -- what we do is bring business leaders from around the country to brief the president and economic team on everything from health care reform to immigration reform. the fiscal cliff, intellectual property protection. and the business leaders are speaking for themselves. generally speaking, business leaders are centrist, the data driven, results oriented, and they are looking for compromise in washington. is it a pro-obama group, protest republican group? it is really its own group and the to the people speak for themselves. host: who are some of the names people might recognize, the ceo's of which companies? guest: the efforts the white house has made this year is much larger and much more effective than it was last year. they are bringing in more people with business ford but with a lot of other organizations as well. the president spoke with financial services leaders and has brought in two groups of big-na
will be for naut. >> what do you think of president obama? >> i have spoken to him for a few times and gracious to call me when my daughter was injured a few weeks ago as did the vice president. >> your 12-year-old daughter, how is she doing? >> doing great and no lasting effects. i have deep admiration for the way he has been able to balance the hardest job in the world, his moss important job as father and husband and as a man and role model, i have deep policy disagreements with the president and that's why i'm grateful we have a republic. >> what have you learned from him as his role as father? >> they did a great job as clinton did, and raising two girls under an intense bubble and the way he divides up his time. he has never missed a parent-teacher conference. if the president of the united states has never missed a parent-teacher conference, we shouldn't either. >> you have drawn parallels between him and fidel castro. >> i never said that. castro never been elected to anything, never run for office or put his name in front of anyone. that's not what i have ever said. i have drawn parall
itself or helped by president obama and the workers and the people there is obviously part of our -- part of the manufacturing success story in the united states is now. it may have saved over 1 million jobs. but i think it's got very important for the future. nobody doubts that the united states automobile industry is in a position to compete for the future jobs, which would not have happened had we let the entire supply chain become eroded. i thought one of the most significant quotes was from alan mulally at ford, because anything anybody with been taught in their macro- or microeconomic class would have been that if you have three main competitors, and two of them went out of business, the one standing would have been stronger. they would be taking more market share, would be more powerful and broader. it is striking and that ford motor co. ceo alan mulally said at the time, "we believe that if gm and chrysler would have gone into free-fall bankruptcy, they would have taken the supply base down and the industry down and turn the u.s. recession into a depression." that is the teaching
, a former iranian political prisoner talks about the abuse she suffered. she is joined by former obama administers an adviser on iran to discusses the iranian nuclear program. and the foundation for the defense of democracies, this is one hour. >> good morning, it is a very interesting panel so i want to get quickly into questions. i want to quickly set the stage -- i don't need to tell anyone in this room about the death of the problem of human rights abuses in iran. i would just read briefly from the report that the u.n. special wrote and file to the u.n. general assembly in september of 2011 when there was a pattern of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations special reperteur on human rights. in september, 2011, the un secretary-general submitted a report to the general assembly in which he said he was "deeply troubled by reports of increased numbers of executions, amputations, arbitrary arrests and detentions, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment and bemoaned the crackdown on human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and opposite
at 10:00 on "after words" on booktv. like us on facebook. >> we are hearing that president obama may make an appearance at today's white house briefing. that briefing set for 1:45 this afternoon with jay carney. c-span2 will be covering that live. and now bob woodward on his latest book "price of politics." he spoke with "politico's" chief white house correspondent mike allen and failing to chief a compromise. this is part of a "politico" playbook discussion. it's about 25 minutes. [applause] >> good morning. welcome to "playbook breakfast." thank you for coming out so early. we're excited to have an amazing double-header today. we are going to talk to senator rubio who last night gave a big speech, one of the first formal speeches looking ahead to the future of the republican party. we are going to talk to senator rubio about that. first we have the amazing treat of bob woodward who has a fantastic book out on the last grand bargain negotiations, is going to be joining us in just a second. first, welcome, all the people out in livestream land. we'll be taking your questions on #poli
me. >> john boehner has sent president obama a counterour. a spokesman for house speaker boehner declined to share details of the offer but said the proposal would solve our looming debt crisis and create american jobs. we're still waiting for the white house to identify what spending cuts the white house will make and the longer the white house slow walk this is policy the close we get to fiscal cliff. we'll hear what senate leaders had to say today they spoke for 15 minutes at the capitol. >> it's time to see if the president is willing to make any cuts at all and whether he's willing to lead his party in making an agreement with us. the senate democrats have ruled out any spend regular duckses at all. if you look at the problem we have, it's overwhelmingly that we spend too much, we spent our time and you all have written about it because so much of the discussion has been about it, talking about increasing taxes on the top two rates. even if you did that it would provide enough money to run the government for eight days. clearly that doesn't have anything to do with getting
obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: is there an objection? without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of calendar number 575 s., 3454. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 475, s. 3454, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities, and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. reid: thanks, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent that a feinstein-chambliss substitute amendment which is at the desk be agreed to, the bill as amended be read a third time and passed, and the senate proceed to vote on passage of this measure. the presiding officer: without objection. the substitute amendment is agreed to. and the clerk will read the bill as amended a third time. the clerk: calendar number 475, s. 3454, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intellige
.s. house, spending began to tick back up. and as we entered the obama years, mr. speaker, here is the largest deficit in american history recorded during the bush administration, this is the annual deficit recorded in the obama administration. not twice as large than the largest deficit in american history. not three times as large as the largest deficit in american history. but almost four times larger than the previous largest annual deficit in american history was the first year deficit recorded in the obama administration. we tip, that was the first time ever we run trillion dollar deficits, we continue to run trillion dollar deficits throughout that time. tax policy hasn't changed during that time. tax policy is exactly the same. you hear in the newspaper all the time, mr. speaker, the bush tax cuts. i don't know that that has meaning anymore. in 2001 and 2003 we did do some dramatic changes to tax policy. president obama extended all of those changes in 2010. that's the law of the land still today. tax policy has been exactly the same over this continuum. what has changed
in a divided government and must not advocate his or her responsibility. president obama has the responsibility to propose a real bipartisan plan to avert the fiscal cliff that can pass both the house and the senate. withdrawing from the recommendations of the simpson- bowles commission, the president could propose a plan that would not only avert the so-called fiscal cliff, but also help us avert the yawning fiscal of this ivory for me -- it this goal -- fiscal abyss. if president obama were to offer such a plan, republicans would act favorably. going over the cliff is unnecessary. as it has been observed in "the wall street journal," the president is boxing in the republicans. he is offering them a deal they cannot accept. first, the president has repeatedly called for a balanced solution involving both revenue and less spending. what is obvious to the most casual observer is that this plan is not a balanced. the fiscal cliff involves nearly four dollars of anticipated revenue from higher taxes for every dollar of spending cuts, yet the president wants more revenue and fewer spending cuts. if
is paying attention to what they are saying. >> you should tell barack obama to find a jim baker. >> think about each time we have reached a crisis point in our country there's been an institutional response to it. we created a central bank. that has proved to be enormous for the past five years and important for years before that. post-world war ii, we create a system and the department of homeland security. i wonder if there's not an institutional -- >> some did not work as well as others. >> that is exactly right. it reflects our values and the focus of the government. we should have a department of homeland prosperity. we need somebody other than the president to think about american competitiveness. something we've taken for granted because we were the premiere at economy in the world. we to reinvent ourselves -- we need to reinvent ourselves. >> we have a bunch of questions. do we have a microphone? the judgment on the end. >> hi. i had a question for the panel and the president of harvard. looking at demographic shifts. you are talking about innovation. the application of some of yo
, entitlement cuts feared most in cliff talks. and it goes like this. as president obama and congressional leaders race to avert the fiscal cliff, americans remain concerned that whatever budget deal they strike will cut too much from medicare and social security, according to the poll. more of the americans surveyed are worried about such cutbacks than seeing their tax bills rise, the latest united technologies national journal congressional connection poll has found. and i was looking at who was involved in the poll, and in total 35% of americans worry it will cut too much from government programs like medicare and social security. 27%, that's eight points less, that it will raise taxes on people like you. 15% it won't meet its targets for reducing the federal deficit and debt. 13% it will allow too much for federal -- for too much federal spending. only 13% are worried it will allow for too much federal spending in the next two years. but when i looked at, for example, women, 40% of women are most worried about those cuts in social security and medicare and other government programs. 46
electors cast their 18 votes for barack obama for president and joe biden for vice president. president obama won 51% of the vote in ohio. >> this is the 53rd meeting of the ohio electrical college. i electoral college. i would like to thank you for coming and welcome you to these procedures. i would like all who are gathered here today to stand for a moment of silent prayer or reflection for the victims, their families and our country as we mourn the deaths of the children and school officials in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you. to lead us through the preliminary matters and to provide us with a welcoming address, i would like to pass the gavel to congresswoman elect, joyce beatty. >> thank you very much, secretary husted. we begin with an innovation. at this time i would like to ask the reverend angela simmons to please come up. let us pray. almighty god, we gather here together today as people from many different faith traditions, yet we share a bond that is deep and enduring, a profound and abiding belief in justice and peace for all of your children. from the rolling hills of ne
and with direct dialogue and engagement, we did. the obama administration and secretary clinton are to be commended for their policy of engagement that has produced real progress on the long road toward democracy. what an honor for us that the secretary is here. what a great honor for us that mrs. bush's here bringing the greetings of president bush. the united states has stood and stands for the freedom seeking people of burma in there just cause. i'm proud to say that northern california is home to the largest burmese population in the nation. the new yorkers think they might be. we are not competitive around here. [laughter] buddhism and its nonviolent -- the san francisco has been a leader for supporting democracy in burma and in supporting aung san suu kyi. buddhism and its non-violence tradition has been a source of strength for the nonviolent democracy movement in burma. but aung san suu kyi has seen her supporters beaten, tortured and killed. she has never responded with hatred and violence. she has asked only for peaceful dialogue and progress for democracy. she has alw
. and i think we are all saying to president obama who has now stated very clearly there will be drastic consequences for assad and his government if they use weapons of mass destruction. we are with you. there is strong support across congress if the president takes the strong action that's necessary to prevent a very, very historically horrific humanitarian disaster in syria. senator. >> thank you, senator. we do represent a broad range of views from within the senate, the republican caucus, the democratic caucus, but there is a unanimous view here today that we support president obama in announcing a red line that assad, who has murdered tens of thousands of his people in the last two years, take the unthinkable step of using advanced chemical weapons against his own people, there will be prompt consequences. this is not an easy thing to get a consensus in the senate on virtually anything. i join the statement to send a clear message to those from outside the halls of the capitol who see is in division on fiscal and policy matters, there has been division. but on the matter of standin
. obama has led this country. he is about to lead us into another debt downgrade. it should be evident to see what happens when you let partisan democrats like harry reid and nancy pelosi call the shots. >> marty, you are calling on the democrat line. what is your reaction? caller: the president needs to get the republicans come back in from christmas holiday. >> what do you think is gonna happen? >> we are on the verge of a fiscal cliff and they are still on vacation. >> let's go to mike in texas, on our line for republicans. >> i agree with the first guy. i wish they would have a little backbone and force obama and reid into not giving in to them. they need to set a budget and stick with a budget, and what they are trying to do is they want more money so they can increase the debt again, and they are about to run this country, as far as i am content. host: out the you think this will end up? caller: i hope boehner holds to his guns. i think the million-dollar deal is a good deal where anybody making over a million dollars pace a little bit more money, but i do not buy that $250 deal.
people back to work. if chris christy and barack obama can get -- chris cristie and barack obama can get together on that, and i know what's transpired and how the impact of our infrastructure has taken place along the eastern seaboard, it's something we ought to be able to rally around immediately. and of course everyone, everyone deserves a $250,000 tax break. we all agree on that. so why not just simply adopt it and then come back and we'll have time to address the issues as it relates to bending the cost curve on health care and focusing on the vast inefficiencies, the fraud, the abuse and the waste that totals more than $750 billion annually? as for the chairman from my district said, list, it would be a way for us to bring down the deficit but also make health care affordable, accessible and functional for the american people. something i believe we must do. with that let me introduce the chair in waiting, javier becerra. >> mr. chairman, thank you very much. it's been a pleasure serving with you as our chairman of the caucus. december, how many families do you know that are sittin
all participating. one more thing on president obama. president obama met with jesse jackson every saturday for about one year, but ever since he was president he did not invite him to the white house one time. all of these black people crazy about obama, you had better think twice. thank you. guest: you were right that houses were overpriced in california, but they were overpriced before the bubble. houses in north carolina might cost you $600,000 before the bubble, $1.5 million at the height of the bubble, and now down to $400,000 -- four times as expensive as they would begin south carolina, which does not have land use restrictions. host: denver, colorado, ron. republican women. -- republican. caller: good morning. it seems like the community reinvestment act that was passed in 1975 more or less laid the foundation for the housing bubble as that was the beginning of the sub-prime. that evolves and was expanded upon. business took advantage of it. because of that we get the ball. the -- bubble. the cra is still on the books, and sub-prime loans are still being made. i was wonder
new york times took ." president obama plans to ask congress for about $50 billion for emergency funds to help rebuild the state's the were ravaged by hurricane sandy. regional leaders complained wednesday it was not enough. the white house will send the proposal to capitol hill this week. it should be between $45,000,000,000.50 $5 billion, according to officials -- $45 billion and $55 billion, according to officials. both democratic and republican lawmakers from the region quickly expressed disappointment in the pending request and lobby the administration to increase it before sending it to congress. sue in oklahoma on our line for independents. i think we have time for your point. caller: in a column today it said that clinton's 2001 balance the budget spent $1.94 trillion. today the revenue is $2.67 trillion. spending is $3.76 trillion. we are spending $987 billion more than if we had just increased the 2001 budget for inflation and population growth. i understand about the mores. i am incensed, as i think most voters are -- wars. i am incensed, as i think most voters are. host: th
to give strength, wisdom and courage to president obama that he will do what's right in the eyes of god. i ask god to please continue to bless america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and pay tribute to the life and legacy of an alabama state representative, dr. yvonne kennedy. a lawmaker from mobile, alabama, who passed away sadly on saturday at the age of 67. dr. kennedy was a pillar in the community and a tremendous public servant. she was the epitome of a servant's leader, and she blazed the trails in alabama politics that so many of us now follow. she led by example and was motivated by a drive and a passion for public service and education. i am deeply saddened by her passing and know that her legacy of service will live on. yvonne kennedy was born on january 8, 1945, in mobile, alabama, to leroy and thelma kennedy. at a young age she displayed a commitment to academic excellence and upon graduating from high school earned her bachelors degree from
1952. and was signed by president obama last year. as many of my colleagues recall, i had concerns about the act as to whether it would benefit large multinationals at the expense of independent inventors, and thereby harm job creation in our nation. for this reason i oppose the version of the patent bill that was considered by the house last year. but given the fact that this bill is now law, our focus should be on how it can be improved. that's why i supported -- support it presently because it accomplishes that very goal in several respects. to begin with, this measure -- this law clarifies the advice of counsel section applies to similar actions commenced on or after the date of this legislation's enactment. why is that important? well, pause the america invents act created a new section that prevents use of evidence of an accused fringer's failure to obtain advice of counsel or his failure to wave -- waive privilege and introduce such opinion. to prove either willfulness or intent to induce infringement. this provision, however, failed to specify when the new authority would g
specific. i think you get enough of those details right that people can buy into the show. barack obama is not watching the show because it's a brilliant portrayal of the c.i.a. it gets enough of the details what it feels like to be in those situations. i have no idea why i like the show -- >> i think it's less about the details. michael described it as it's not a palemic and i think audiences smell propaganda but if you can introduce the complexity of what they do. "24" was not about a good choice and bad choice but the better of two bad choices. if there was a formula of "24" that would have been it. and i think these people saw and president obama sees as well there is something about the presentation of the complexity of some of the things that people who are charged with these jobs have to deal with. writing it and imagining it makes me glad it's not my job just imagining how tough some of these decisions must be makes you grateful. >> the verse that we show in frost nixon "the queen" and that is how much responsibility you take with that, especially when art itself is working in m
of the nominations, any related statements be printed in the record and that president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: i ask unanimous consent the veterans' affairs committee be discharged from further consideration of presidential nomination 2024, that the nomination be confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table with no intervening action or debate, and no further motions be in order to the nomination, any related statements be printed in the record and president obama be immediately notified of the senate's action and the senate then resume legislative session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the armed services committee be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 139 -- i'm sorry. 1339. we now proceed to this matter. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: h.r. 1339, an act to designate the city of salem, massachusetts, as the birthplace of the national guard of the united states. the presiding officer: is
to be in denial that obama won the election. it is clear the republican river of tears is in flood stage. >> this is george. >> i have to bring complaints. i am tired of all of the rubble -- republicans blaming obama for not submitting his belt. -- his bill. it is supposed to originate in the house and then they send them to the senate where they may negotiate and sent them back. when it finally gets to the obama, and he can say, i like this or i do not and then send it back. all of these guys are blaming, where is obama's recommendation? that is my second point. they need to do their job. this is not an easy problem. their job is to negotiate. they have to beat this problem into submission and do the best they can, i am very upset about this. i want them to do your job. >> and george from new jersey. the senate this afternoon working on a relief bill for the victims of hurricane sandy. taking your calls on the discussion this afternoon on the bills that are up this afternoon. dealing with the sequestration budget cuts, the replacement bill by republicans that would swap of the defense c
election to settle the matter. i believe president obama's victory on november 6 was very decisive and pretty definitive. during the campaign president obama very clearly laid out his vision and the american people strongly affirmed his position. the president won all but one of the swing states. 62% of the electoral college, and carried the popular vote by more than 4.5 million votes. democrats added to our numbers in the house and senate, and captured the house popular vote by more than a million votes. in february of 2010, president obama began the process to reduce our deficit by establishing the simpson-bowles commission. since that time, many bipartisan groups have made recommendations on how to reduce the deficit. and they have all been in agreement. you need a balanced deal that requires shared sacrifice from all americans, including the wealthy. in 2011 we began to reduce the deficit, but we did it entirely through spending cuts. over $1.5 trillion and have asked nothing of the most fortunate. in 2012 the american people spoke. it is time for balance and shired sacrifice,
. you're aware that president obama voted against -- >> we addressed that. there was no threat of default at the time. what happened in 2011, as we all know because we all lived it, most of us in this room, was the threat of default, a willingness expressed by many to see the american economy under default and with all the consequent impacts on the global economy and on the american middle class. . in order to do that and was enormously damaging to consumer confidence. we were downgraded famously and it is a testament to the american people and the american economy and the american business and some of the success we have had working with the congress that we have been able to rebound and the economy continues to grow and create jobs but that was a self-inflicted wound and we can't have that nonsense anymore. >> ok for people to engage in that kind of nonsense -- >> i appreciate the question and i refer you to my comments back then. >> people voting the way obama did. >> what happened in 2011, republicans in congress demanded and said they would let america default if they did
for president obama and president george w. bush will cease after 10 years. both men are young, enjoy good health and have long lives ahead of them postpresidency. this bill proposes to extend that security for the remainder of their lives. there's an unintended anomaly, mr. speaker, that were current law not changed, barbara bush would have more safety than if they were president themselves. the person and the symbol of our presidency is safe and secure for the occuration of their natural lives. with that i would yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, before i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from texas, i'd like to observe the great relationship that has been formed on judiciary between myself and the distinguished gentleman from san antonio, texas. for four years, he was the ranking member on his side while i was chair. we worked together. and for two years as chair, i worked as his ranking member. and we had a cordial and i think important relationship in framing and putting forward the issues for the commi
created problem, not just in the last two years. it's not president obama's fault alone. it's many, many politicians of both parties. it's time for americans to have a say over there. they go up and voice their opinions. if folks are worried had a someone speaks up too much, say, welcome to the reality. the american people are upset. 16.3 trillion dollar debt. as far as the issue of a scorecard, if you look very closely at the washington speaker's statement, there was a scorecard. they admitted that in conference. and in conference with 200 of my fellow republican colleagues, they said, please present the scorecard, it was dead silence. they're not going to do that. if you're conservative and voted your conservative principles, which is fine. i thought that was the way republicans generally leaned, you were graded down on that scorecard. i have been a very active member on both the budget and the ag committee. fifth generation farmer and you have the speaker and other leaders kicking folks off the committee, that looks pretty silly. have a ph.d. in ag policy. i think that matches up on t
a transparent end -- and credible political agreement ending 23 serious human rights abuses. president obama believes that from this crisis should a merger political agreement that addresses the underlying regional security and economic and government issues while upholding the territorial integrity. the ferc must take concrete steps toward reform -- the drc must take steps toward reform to reach lasting peace in the drc. looking forward, we are using all the tools at our disposal to help address and end this crisis. we are monitoring humanitarian needs and working to mobilize resources to ensure continued emergency assistance to civilians in need. we are calling upon everyone involved in the conflict to maintain the current cease- fire, to permit humanitarian access and to pursue a sustainable political resolution through honest and meaningful dialogue. while the talks between the and 23 and the -- the m23 anti- drc must continue -- and the drc must continue, resolving the conflict is paramount in the region. some of the root causes can only be dealt with in a one-on-one dialogue. these inc
. he affectively called for a general election. he did not contest it. it was much worse than obama's first debate. he appeared before them and was like "don't vote for me." he lost that election. he did not have to call for that election. he called for it to lose it, to stay at home. he has not spoken since. he is having a nice holiday. and then there was papandreou. i was an advisor up until 2006. so i am not to blame. who unfortunately, he did not see the crisis of the eurozone collapsing. the eurozone had no foundation. there was an earthquake. it starts unraveling with greece. now, let's say between 1995 and 2008 god and his angels descended on an athens and ran the show. with rationality, omniscience, ethos, and morality. greece would not have been the first domino to fall. but it would have been the third. grace would have fallen after ireland or possibly after portugal. it was never designed to sustain a crisis like 2008. we were doomed. finally, the united states that we know today is the result of the crisis of the 19th century and the early 20th century. 1 very preciously
. the obstruction began at the beginning of president obama's presidency. at a time of absolute national economic crisis,it is utterly impossible for me to conceive of senate leaders that i grew up with being as different as it can be from howard baker or any of the great leaders. i think it is contrary to the way that the senate worked when it worked at its best. the senate is supposed to be the national mediator. that is a place where the parties come together and reconcile and not inflame differences. it did not work that way at all in the past -- in a long period of time. the frustration i have the senator mcconnell is number one, he deepened the problem. he has driven the senate to a much lower point. number two, he knows better than that. if you read an interview he did with politico, he said that he rises above partisanism. he mentioned his role model is senator john sherman cooper, a great republican senator. really a great statesman. he knows what you are supposed to do in the senate, but it was simply a conscious strategy not to do it. i think that is a real problem. it has injured the
their votes for the electors in that state for a particular president. president obama has 332 electoral college votes and romney has 206. so in the states where romney won, those electors will vote for him. and in -- the next step is for them to send it to six different places in washington, d.c., but the main thing is they send a record of this to the senate. the senate than tallies them, puts them in two mahogany boxes. one box and -- they send it to the house of representatives where they officially open up the boxes and the elopes and at that point, count to see who has won. host: c-span will be covering the meetings in ohio and north carolina and coverage starts at noon eastern time with the ohio electoral college. 53rd meeting in columbus. you can watch the proceedings live from the ohio statehouse senate chamber on c-span 3. we will also be watching north carolina as its electoral college meets and it is all on our website, c-span.org. go there to find out more. james thurber, does anything unexpected happen when electoral college day occurs? we saw the voting process in november
community touched by this unspeakable tragedy. this must stop. as president obama said, we cannot accept that this violence visits children year after year is somehow the price of freedom. no more excuses, madam speaker. no more kicking the can down the road. not one more innocent life, not one more in chicago, not one more in oakland, not one more in any town in any city in any school in any theater or in any place of worship or in any mall or in any of our neighborhoods. we have an obligation to our children to ensure that newtown marks a turning point that made us finally say enough is enough. my district unfortunately knows these weapons of war oh so well where too many innocent children continue to be killed in these war zones. we have come together to build an america where our children do not have to live in fear and where they do have a future. madam speaker, we need to take some serious action that includes gun safety by banning the high capacity magazine, expanding the 24-hour gun background check, closing the gun show loophole and reinstituting the assault weapons ban immediat
the obama administration in january. a little bit of her statement -- "i want to thank president obama for the honor he bestowed on me and the confidence he placed in me four years ago this month when he announced my position as the environmental protection agency administrator. there is much more on the agenda -- air pollution, toxic channel -- a toxic chemicals, children's health issues, and justice for the committees to bear a disproportionate risk. i will leave the epa confident that the ship is sailing in the right direction and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and our person of jesus to make a difference. -- and new opportunities to make a difference. -- and new opportunities to make a difference." that is from lisa jackson, leaving the obama administration in january. >> whether it is different this time than it has ever been before, i believe the republican party has a platform that is a banner of bold, unmistakable colors and no pale shades. >> you see the evolution of reagan, in his mind, his philosophy as a politician. he talks in this speech abo
coverage here on c- span. president obama spoke about the afternoon,ff this ev but in the agreement will not happen before tomorrow. his remarks are 10 minutes. >> happy new year to you. hello, everybody. thank you. please, everybody, have a seat. good afternoon, everybody. welcome to the white house. i realize that the last thing you want to hear on new year's eve is another speech from me. but i do need to talk about progress that is being made in congress today. for the last few days, leaders of both parties have been working on an agreement that will prevent the middle-class tax hikes hitting 90% of all americans starting tomorrow. preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. it is the last thing that folks like who are appear on this stage can afford right now, to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes. the middle class taxes cannot afford it -- middle-class families cannot afford it, and our economy cannot afford it. today it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it is not done. there are still issues left to resolve, but we are hopeful
combining it. president obama stated something similar for the future. he said we should take half of the war fund and use it for deficit and half for people programs. and he stated that we spend more than the top ten countries in the military come bind and it's disproportionate, we can do that. can we really do that with the military contractors doing what eisenhower long ago says the is the military industrial complex, can we do that? is that better than to pull the money from social security and medicare where -- remember i told you worked for the chief of the staff aging committee under him. and he worked so hard to protect social security and medicare. and the deal we have protects it to 2035 and beyond if the economy improves. seniors have paid in to social security and medicare and actually there is a surplus because of that which is what the folks are trying to pull out of and use for these other purposes now. isn't it better to do what president obama has proposed and perhaps if we have the political will to use some of the military funding for our deficit situation? >> i
depression. they call it depression 2.0. so, mr. president, let's remember where we were when president obama came to to office. the nation was facing the worst economic catastrophe since the great depression. in the fourth quarter of 2008, the economy shrunk at a rate of almost 9%. now, after the federal actions, positive economic growth returned in the third quarter of 2009, and we've now had 13 consecutive quarters of economic growth. now, we've come a long way. this is a remarkable turnaround in a very short time, measured against previous financial crises. in fact, there's been an academic study just completed that suggests typically it takes eight to ten years to recover from a financial crisis. so the recovery here, while not everything we would have hoped, is a dramatic turnaround. at the same time, our constituents know, and we know, that the price has been high. we know that we are currently borrowing 31 cents of every dollar that we spend. that's somewhat of an improvement because we were borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. so this is an improvement but we've got a long wa
didn't vote for barack obama for president of the united states, mr. speaker, but i will say that i do believe that having a president of one party and a united states house of representatives of another party does create an opportunity for us to work together in a bipartisan way tackling entitlement spending. we know that if my party had won everything, it would have been tough for us. it would have been tough for us because the political attacks that would have taken place from the other side of the aisle to take on entitlement reform. but working together now that we have, again, a president of one party and a house of representatives of another party, i believe that we can tackle this issue. and that's really what we desire. i think it's the right thing to do. we are in the misof a very tough negotiation -- midst of a very tough negotiation. they are taking place between two people. the president of the united states, barack obama, and the speaker of the house of representatives, john boehner. and i want to express my appreciation to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. i
. go ahead, please. caller: i do not understand why president obama was doing at that rally. he needs to get in his car and go on down to the capital and try to figure out this mess. he himself and the democrats and republicans all equally created it. he is a democrat and he needs to take the leadership role and he has not done that. he does most to be the cheerleader and the champion. i am tired of the democrats'. host: ok, we will go to fort lauderdale, fla.. caller: i am very disappointed that the president has failed to be, has chosen to create an environment of blame, which is not good for anyone. we did not really have this class warfare before. there is all this talk, but nothing about the real issue which is the debt. i am more worried about the future generations, bankrupting the future generations. and by not dealing with entitlements, what are we going to do? and he always talks about how entitlements -- the cuts will not really be entitlement cuts for 10 years. there's a lot of scare factor here. there's a lot of misinformation caller:. -- there's a lot of misinformation.
-door briefing earlier today to outline the proposal of president obama for the so- called fiscal cliff. what is the proposal? >> the top line #would be about $2.20 trillion in the budget control act. and they say compared to what the white house put out, the white house says it offers $4 trillion when using the same accounting as the white house, it would be about $4.60 trillion over 10 years. republicans say it would come from tax reform, but not to increasing tax rates. that has been a sticking point thus far in negotiations. >> you are talking about the bush tax rates? >> all of the bush era tax rates would be extended into next year and that would start the process for tax reform. it would be in the tax reform process that there would generate -- and they would generate $800 million -- $800 billion in revenue. and they say the $800 billion could be raised without raising tax rates, and this is something that is in dispute with the white house. the white house said there would be no deal unless republicans agreed to increase tax rates on the wall the next year. >> what do the republicans
as business continued to grow. -- deficits continued to grow. and the obama administration has run annual deficits of well over $1 trillion. now i'm constantly hearing from people, how did this seem to happen so quickly? it has been decades in the making. and indeed, many of us have come to the floor regularly and we have talked about it and we have offered bills in a would address this. great example of this, every year i have offered bills that call for 1%, 2% and 5% spending reductions. we have the appropriations process where members have come to the floor and have offered amendment after amendment that would reduce what we are spending. we on this side of the aisle also believe that you have to have a budget. now, the president had a proposed budget and nobody wanted to vote for that. so we put it on the floor and i think it got one or two votes from the democrats. the country has not had a budget in over 1,300 days and there is a reason for this and that is because the budget we have passed out of this house has gone to the senate each and every year and it sits on harry reid's desk
by new technology that is coming on the market. the obama administration is taking some steps. there is the accountable care organizations. the idea is to move away from a we have right now where doctors get a set amount for each service they provide. these organizations move to pay people for quality instead of quantity. the obama administration will give a hospital a set amount of money for caring for the patients. then the doctor has to strategize so they don't have to go into the red. they are hoping the model will drive down costs and get rid of the incentive or just that -- we're at the start of that program. host: brian from massachusetts with sarah kliff. caller: a caller talked about marriage practitioners and there is a lot of them. they pretty much have a lot of schools are graduating many nurse practitioners and physician's assistants. there is a cap on the amount of doctors they can create. nurse practitioners have two years of crammed education. i think they are good providers. we cannot assume that a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant are going to be as
obama said, we can't tolerate this anymore, we must do better than this. so friday changed everything. for me, though, it was a shooting on the observation deck of oh the empire state building when my brother was shot. for others it was a school bus in chicago, or a parking lot in florida. for jim and sara brady, a day in 1981 changed everything, when jim stood behind the most well-trained armed guards with the president yet was still struck by gun violence that did change everything, it created two leaders of this movement, who rallied to demand the last important pieces of gun safety legislation we have had in this country and yet still, every day in america, everything changes for hundreds of more families. we're here because every year in america, 100,000 americans are shot, 30,000 of them fatally. and there's so much we can do to prevent this carnage. 40% of gun sales take place without a background check. 40%. 40% of gun sales take place without a background check no questions asked. felon the dangerously mentally ill and dangerous abusers can get guns. 70% of n.r.a. members sup
president barack obama. -- re-electing president barack obama. chairman cleaver has led the c.b.c. with skill and passion and an unwavering commitment to justice and equal opportunity during the most critical times of this nation's history. i thank chairman cleaver for his service, for his leadership, for his friendship and most of all for his example of being led by god here in the house of representatives. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: mr. speaker, members of the house, i rise first of all to commend a matriarch in my community who passed away a few days ago, ms. mavis donahue, who came to the united states of america from jamaica and, of course, much of her family came with her and they kind of stayed together as a group. it was her daughter, claudette, that i first met, and we worked together for about 40 y
started with president obama. it has been a struggle. it is very difficult. my husband has taken on more of the load. he was active before but has taken on much more. a lot of days, i leave so early i am getting them up when i leave. when i come home, it is time for them to go to bed. it is a struggle. i think that is why there are fewer women at the top in some professions. there is a lot of self- selection. you choose to go on a different path because you do not want to sacrifice your family life. >> i have not had the blessing of children so my work ethic is strange, to say the least. i am there all the time. i live near the bureau and employees there in an emergency. my foreign policy summit is to be there when there are emergencies around the world. i have colleagues i grew up with, judy woodruff has three children, including a child with special needs. compton has four children. producers are having children and coming back. our top producer is married to someone on the hill with two kids at home. she travels with the president all the time. there are ways. corporations are much mo
to news reports, president obama and house speaker boehner meeting to talk about the fiscal cliff. there is a stalemate over households that make over $250,000. we will keep you posted on details. the prime-time programming schedule looks like this. we will update the latest on the discussions at 8:00 eastern. then russian president vladimir putin. and a program we will show you from the american bar association, a discussion on threats to the nation's infrastructure. >> my inspiration was that i wanted to explain how utilitarianism happens. we know the story of the cold war. we know the documents, we have seen the archives that describe relationships between roosevelt, stalin, truman. we know the main events from our point of view. i wanted to show the different angle, from the ground up. what did it feel like to be subjected to this system? how did people make choices, how did they react, how did they behave? the region that we used to call -- it is no longer -- and they no longer have much in common except the communist occupation. >> more on life in soviet east germany, poland
and the white house. house republican leaders have made a counter offer to president obama in the fiscal cliff negotiations proposing to cut to true knowledge with a combination of spending cuts come entitlement reform, and new tax revenues. there was a three page letter signed by speaker boehner, majority leader eric cantor, and other senior republicans including representative paul ryan. and this mornings "washington journal," we heard about tax reductions and credits that would go away if the fiscal cliff passes in january. >> board or series looking into the so-called fiscal cliff, we turn our attention to deductions and tax loopholes. some of them are potentially on the chopping block. joining us from the wall street journal is don mckinnon. thanks so much for joining us today. what are the loopholes and deductions? we hear those words a lot, but what are they? guest: loopholes or tax breaks of all different sorts, and whether you like a particular loophole or not depends on where you sit, i guess. there are lots of loopholes that are deductions. deductions are those that most people are
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